Ologbotsere Abolishment Died On Arrival In Delta State

The Ologbotsere Descendants Worldwide has said the abolishment of the title of Ologbotsere, as announced by the Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Atuwaste lll, is “dead on arrival”.

This was part of the resolutions reached yesterday in Warri, Delta State, at an emergency meeting of the Ologbotsere family, at the home of the embattled Chief Ayirimi Emami.

The spokesman for the Ologbotsere Descendants Worldwide, Mr. Alex Eyengho, said the family did not take the pronouncement seriously because it came from Chief Brown Mene and not directly from the monarch.

He noted that the traditional ruler’s meeting with a delegation of the family, which included the Olori-Ebi, was a monologue, as they were never given the opportunity to respond to the address.

Eyengho said to remove a title holder like the Ologbotsere, due law process to the House of Assembly had to be followed.

The only person that was not present because of age is the Olori-Ebi of the family. He was packaged to the palace for that meeting. However, he sent a representative. The Olu specifically invited the Olori-Ebi and five others.

By the time Chief Brown Mene, who spoke for the Olu, finished, the Olu rose and left. So it was more or less a monologue. The Ologbotsere descendants were not given the opportunity to respond.

At today’s meeting, the Ologbotsere Descendants Worldwide has taken a decision that we reject in totality the decision from the palace as read by Chief Mene.

We further passed a vote of confidence as a family in Chief Ayirimi Emami, the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom.

We insist that in line with extant laws, culture and tradition of the Itsekiri people and Warri kingdom in general, once a title is given, it is till death, particularly, the title of Ologbotsere, who is the chief adviser of the Olu of Warri, the chairman of the Olu Advisory Council and the chairman of Warri Council of Chiefs.

His position is statutory. Therefore, nobody can remove him or de-robe him. We know this; it is in tandem with extant laws, culture and tradition of Itsekiri. It is till death that Chief Emami will seize being the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom.

This is the position of the family today. We will continue to address him as the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom. He will continue to perform his function as the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom as best as he can.

We also want to make it clear that the Ologbotsere family is not at loggerheads or fighting the Itsekiri nation. Or in any way fighting the royal family.

The Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom is the head of the masses, which we Itsekiri call Omajaja; the royal family through the Olu heads another arm, which is the monarchy; two different statutory arms of the government.

One cannot shove aside the other. The Olu is the head of the royal family and the entire Itsekiri nation, while the Ologbotsere is the head of the masses, which we call Omajaja. These two organs are statutory.

The only way to remove the Ologbotsere or de-robe him is there in the law. It must pass through the House of Assembly, the governor. It must be debated in the House and gazetted. I refer you to a book titled: ‘The Foundation of Itsekiri Culture and Tradition’ written by a former Justice of Bendel State, Justice Rufus Ogbobine.

It is very clear there that once you make titles like Ologbotsere, Iyatsere, Uwangue, Oshodi and Ojomo, it is till death that they will stop to hold such titles and nobody can remove them.

We pass a vote of confidence in Chief Emami and have urged him to continue to perform his functions. We reject everything in totality from Chief Mene. That pronouncement is dead on arrival. We reject it with every pint of blood in our veins and we will stand with Chief Ayirimi Emami.

Eyengho said plans are on to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Emami as Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom later this month.


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